I have learned so much over the past month and I am so glad becuase I have matured so much as a person. I learned what really matters in life and learned so much about self-love and creating your own happiness. I posted a video a few weeks ago about how to be happy and getting the most out of life- it's a good one, I recommend giving it a view.
I also had a realization recently through my morning devotions. I feel like I am feeding you guys one big lie through some of the content I post- let me explain. Of course, I never meant to and have had nothing but good intentions. My channel started as an outlet for one of my older passions- fashion. Obviously, fashion is very materialistic as clothes can get very expensive, and for a point that's all my content was. Clothing is just fabric and expensive brands are so overrated as clothing does not define who you are. Your actions, words, way you chose to treat others, and people you surround yourself with define your impact on life. Do not get me wrong, I still have passion and enjoy expressing myself through what I chose to wear. However, what really matters in life is people and the moments you share with them. This life is only temporary and God's word is the only thing that is eternal and endures forever. Trends come and go, times change, and materialistic things are only temporary. I talk so much about clothes in my videos and portray that they are so significant. I failed to mention Jesus, experiences, and what really matters.
Living a God-filled life and loving Jesus is the path to true happiness. Whenever I have any kind of problem, I just go to him, and he might not give me answers. However, he does replace my worry and anxiousness with peace. I have always read the bible and stayed consistent with God, but maybe only a few times a week, which is not enough. It helps to read the bible daily becuase we constantly need to be reminded to cling to God; it is so hard to stay centered on God with the world we live in and temptations that Satan throws at us. This is why I read the bible every morning so that I can start my day with the reminder of clinging to God, and let me tell you- it makes my day 10x better!!! I look forward to my morning devotions; they're often the best part of my day and that's what gets me out of bed- no coffee needed. I have recently started journaling everything that I learn when studying God's word, that way I will never forget anything he teaches me. God teaches me so much through the bible, there's no way I could remember it all. This allows me to look back and reflect on what I have learned.
God is your best friend who will be willing to listen to you and have discussions with you any time of the day. He's always there for you and will never get tired of hearing about your problems like a friend might. You can rant to God for hours, and he will always be there to listen. How do I talk to God, you ask? It's quite simple; I read through my bible or pray with him. Some nights I stay up late and get lost in the word- it fascinates me that all the answers to my problems are in one book. Getting closer to God is so rewarding, and it's addicting; like a drug.
There was a point in my life where I worried about annoying people with talk of my faith and putting it in their face, but you're going to start hearing me mention my faith in my videos a lot more becuase I feel selfish not to share. I have found the key to happiness and eternal life- it would be so selfish if I kept that to myself! God's opinion of you is the only one that really matters. Despite what your religion is or what you chose to believe, life is so much more beautiful when you are thankful for what you do have and have the glass half full perspective on life. Every day we live is a gift, be thankful for every moment you get to experience. Now, I know it's hard on those bad days where everything seems to take a wrong turn, but just hang in there and remember to trust in God. The other day, my car quit on me and rolled back when I pressed the gas pedal and I did do slight damage to the car behind me. However, my brakes could have taken longer to stop and worse damage could have been done- the people in the cars behind me could've been harmed or a life could have been taken. People are killed in wrecks daily and they did nothing for their life to be taken. Every time I arrive safely at a destination, I thank God because it is a blessing. You can't think about the better things that could've happened- you need to be thankful that your situation was not worse.
As of recent, I have no idea where this blog and YouTube channel are going. All I know is that I want and am called to share the word of God with his people. If I can't inspire others to invite God into their life- I can at least let them know how to live a better life and live with a positive outlook. When I meet God at the end of this life and we talk about what I did with my time here on Earth, I do not want to just be remembered for sharing materialistic and insignificant things with his people. I can just imagine our conversation and God asking, "My child, you had such a wonderful platform to share my love and you chose not to do so." I am so glad he had this talk with me the other day, so that I do not make it to the end of my time here and live with regret. I never ever thought I would be the one to share my experiences with God and share what he has taught me with others. Nor did I ever think I could write this much about my relationship with him, but the words just come to me and God's love just pours right through me through the keys on my computer to this blog. God just showed me this gift recently and I am not sure what his plan is, but I do know he has a big plan for me and every single one of you. I am just one huge step closer to finding my purpose.
My last Weekly Digest post was a month ago so on to what I've been up to...
I've been occupied with awesome adventures and really taking time to get the most out of nature. God has created such a beautiful world for us to go explore; it would be stupid to take advantage of this opportunity and not live life to its full potential. You've just got to find what makes you passionate it and do it often as your decisions and attitude determine the life you live.
I made another trip to Alabama to stay with my friend in Tuscaloosa and visit my dream school, University of Alabama. I would really like to go to UA, but that is not happening with out of state tuition. I really can not wait to see what God has in store for me at Georgia Southern and am really excited to begin a new adventure in my life! If anything, I am really grateful that I have the opportunity to attend a good college and get an education. I also stopped in Birmingham on the way back home to catch up with Meredith whom also makes videos. Meredith is so genuine and sweet and one my closest YouTube friends, y'all will love the content she creates!
Animals make me so happy, especially dogs. They have so much unconditional love to give and are the sweetest creatures. I am so thankful for my golden, Riley, and she always brightens my day. That dog is my best friend and always by my side, ever since seventh grade. It breaks my heart to leave her when I go to college in August, so I've really got to enjoy the time I have with her.
I recently left my retail job at Vineyard Vines since I will be gone so much this summer and I really wanted to put more time into YouTube. I have one month until I turn 18 and this is my last summer before I really have to start adulting. Thus, I really need to enjoy it and make it the best summer yet. I will also be separated from some of my best friends when I leave for college, so I want to enjoy them while I can and make some great memories over the next few months. College is going to fly by and I will only be "young" for so long. The next four years are said to be the best time in my life, and I am going to make sure I live them to their full potential.
Thanks for reading and cheers to Summer 2016!
I challenge you to get out there and live your adventure.